Today, the State of Illinois moved to Phase 3 (Recovery) based on the guidelines of the Restore Illinois plan. As part of that transition, our organizations are diligently, thoughtfully, and collaboratively working to open our community as allowed while keeping our citizens and staff safe. Park districts are carefully increasing access to facilities and programs. Village officials are working with the chambers of commerce to guide restaurants and businesses in reopening or increasing services. Libraries are bringing staff into their buildings and working on procedures for “no contact” pick-up and drop-off of materials. Schools are holding safe celebrations to recognize accomplishments and honor graduates.
And we all are planning ahead for Phase 4, when further restrictions are lifted. We remain hopeful. But it will take work to continue the decline in COVID-19 cases.
The coronavirus has not disappeared.
It is incumbent upon us as a community as a whole -- and each of us as individuals -- to continue to do what’s necessary to keep ourselves and each other safe.
Physical distancing and face coverings continue to be required. They are the two most effective ways to stop the spread of coronavirus. Other steps to keep yourself and others healthy include:
- Regular and diligent hand hygiene before and after:
- Touching your face,
- Blowing your nose,
- Coughing or sneezing,
- Going to the bathroom, and
- Eating or preparing food.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve.
- Stay home if you are sick; know the symptoms of COVID-19 and how to access testing (see that information below from NorthShore University HealthSystem).
With schools out and summer recreation limited, we are aware that the continued distancing and face-covering requirements pose particular challenges for families. Children, teens -- and adults! -- are understandably eager to connect with friends. School district officials have heard from concerned parents about gatherings of children around the community, and we wanted to share resources that may help parents set guidelines and have conversations with children about the importance of following those requirements.
- Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia created this video on distancing with children.
- The American Academy of Pediatrics offers advice for parents on helping their children with distancing and masks, including this important point: “Places where a child would benefit from wearing a mask are places where they are likely to encounter other people at a closer than 6-foot range.”
Update From NorthShore University HealthSystem
NorthShore University HealthSystem continues to see a drop in COVID-19 hospitalizations, ICU admissions and the rate of positive tests. As a reminder, if you or a family member show COVID-19 symptoms (listed on our website) you should:
- Call 847-HEALTH9 (847-432-5849) and talk to a NorthShore clinical expert; or
- Log onto NorthShoreConnect through the app on your mobile device or on the website (www.northshoreconnect.org/immediatecare).
The Northfield Township Food Pantry has seen an increase in need from families with members of their household who have tested positive for COVID-19. The Food Pantry website includes information on how to apply for assistance and how to make donations to support their work.